“Well you know, I don’t pay any attention to that stuff,” Howard said on Friday just off the floor of the Toyota Center. “I did hear about it but everybody is entitled to their own opinion. When I joined the Lakers, I was the greatest center and then when I left, I was the worst, mentally I wasn’t capable of playing center. I understand that a lot of things are said out of emotion but I would say that if he has anything to say, I’m here in Houston. We can talk man to man. That’s how I feel about it.”
“Well you can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen. In a row, you can’t do that. And I don’t think any coach that has ever coached me has ever said anything about me having a low IQ for basketball. Have I done some dumb stuff on the court before? Every player has. Have we all done something stupid in life? Yes. It’s life, we make mistakes, we learn from them. It is what it is. I think I’m very intelligent when it comes to this game of basketball. I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old. I’ve seen a lot and each year I get smarter and better.
Lol, Dwight sounds so defensive (no pun intended haha....) all the time. He's always trying to prove how he's a winner. He stated how having a ring doesn't only define a winner yet later he stated that he's a winner because he has an Olympic gold medal. Dwight is just constantly trying to remove the pressure upon himself and always defend himself.
Kobe's the exact opposite. He won't brag about any of his awards but that he wants another ring. More championships. That's what defines a winner to him.
Sure everyone has a different definition of certain concepts, but Dwight should have just shut up after the "I don't pay any attention to that stuff." Because clearly he is, and it clearly affects him since he has to defend himself by proving to the media how his DPOY awards and him playing since he was three years old makes him smart with a high basketball IQ.
Just my two cents.